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Oregon Weekly Football Release - Colorado
Release Date: 10/24/2012
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For the complete release with full notes, roster, depth chart, statistics, etc., please view the PDF.

National Television: Pac-12 Networks with Kevin Calabro (pxp), Adam Archuleta (analyst) and Yogi Roth (reporter). Local Radio: Oregon IMG with Jerry Allen (pxp) and Mike Jorgensen (analyst). Satellite Radio: Sirius TBA, XM TBA.

For the second straight week, the Ducks have a chance to break a tie and take a lead in an all-time series. Oregon and Colorado have met 16 times, dating to 1949, with each side winning eight. The Ducks have won two straight, including the first-ever Pac-12 meeting, 45-2, in Boulder last year. Saturday's match-up will mark just the fourth between the two squads at Autzen Stadium - and first since 1986 - where Oregon holds a 2-1 edge.

•Oregon dropped one spot to No. 4 in the second BCS Standings released Sunday. The Ducks now have 71 all-time appearances in the BCS Standings, the most of any Pac-12 school and tied for seventh overall with Michigan. UO has been ranked in every BCS Standings (26) since Chip Kelly became head coach in 2009, including 23 appearances in the top 10.
•The Ducks' four wins over FBS opponents with winning records is the same number as BCS No. 2 Florida and one more than No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Kansas State (3).
•UO's string of 10 consecutive wins is second nationally to Alabama's 11 straight victories.
•UO has scored 30 or more points in 20 straight games, the longest streak in the FBS. The Ducks are 39-2 when scoring 30-plus in the Kelly era.
•Oregon has scored 42 or more points in 10 straight games, including eight of 49 or more, and own the longest current streak in the nation of 40-plus points.
•The Ducks have never lost a game from Week 2 through Week 9 of a CFB season (27-0) in Kelly's tenure as a head coach.
•FR QB Marcus Mariota is one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, the third UO semifinalist for the honor in as many seasons (Darron Thomas, 2010 & ‘11).
•SR DE Dion Jordan is one of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award (top linebacker).

In five short seasons, Chip Kelly has threatened to redefine the 116-year history of football at the University of Oregon. It started in 2007 in his first year as the Ducks' offensive coordinator and has carried into his fourth season as the University's head coach. Throughout the duration has been the emergence of a program among the nation's elite behind the architect of one of the most prolific offenses in the country that has transformed the standard of college football. No other coach in school history has guided the football team to three consecutive undisputed conference championships - a feat surpassed only twice in league history. And although nine coaches have accumulated more league titles than the Manchester, N.H. native, only USC's John Robinson succeeded in doing so as a first-year head coach. In the process of accumulating a 41-6 ledger in his three-plus seasons at the helm, the two-time conference coach of the year sandwiched a pair of Rose Bowl appearances around the 2011 BCS National Championship Game. Accentuating the success was last year's 45-38 Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. In addition to accumulating a mark of 29-2 in league play, his .872 overall winning percentage is the highest in school history and his .935 percentage in conference play is the best in league annals.

The 2012 Oregon Ducks return 52 letterwinners, including 12 players who were starters last season - five on offense and seven on defense. UO also welcomes back every specialist with the exception of punt returner LaMichael James.

The season opener vs. Arkansas State saw 23 players make their Oregon debut, including 11 redshirt freshmen and two junior college transfers. The seven true freshmen to take the field were WR Bralon Addison, DE Arik Armstead, TE Pharaoh Brown, DE DeForest Buckner, TE T.J. Daniel, RB Byron Marshall and WR Dwayne Stanford.

With conference crowns in each of the past three seasons, Oregon became just the second team to win three straight outright Pac-12 championships since the conference expanded to ten teams in 1978, joining USC from 2003-05 (‘04 and ‘05 titles since vacated).

UO is 7-0 for the second time in three years, but only the fourth time in 117 seasons (also in 1930, 1933). The school record for most consecutive victories to start a season is 12 by the 2010 squad.

The Ducks are the national leader in red zone defense, having allowed opponents only 15 scores in 29 trips inside the red zone this year (51.7%), including only four TDs in 19 trips inside the 20-yard line in Pac-12 play. Oregon denied Arizona all six times it penetrated the red zone while posting its first shutout in conference play since 2003. Through the first four Pac-12 games, the UO defense has allowed just six red zone scores overall (31.6%), which is also the best percentage in the FBS.

Only seven games into his college career, FR QB Marcus Mariota has proven to be the perfect fit to lead Oregon's vaunted offense. After emerging as the starter at the end of an offseason competition with SO QB Bryan Bennett, the 6-4 signal-caller from Honolulu has impressed with his poise, leading the Ducks on nine consecutive touchdown drives to start his career over the first two games. In Week 3, Mariota became the first freshman QB in Oregon history to pass for 300 yards in a game, completing 21 of 28 attempts for 308 yards and four touchdowns. At Arizona State in Week 8, Mariota became the first Duck since Joey Harrington in the 2000 Holiday Bowl vs. Texas with touchdowns passing, rushing and receiving in the same game. Included against the Sun Devils was an 86-yard touchdown run - the longest ever by a UO quarterback and fifth-longest rush in school history. Ranking third in the Pac-12 and 21st nationally in passing efficiency (154.96), Mariota is completing over 68% of his attempts on the season (123 of 180) while accumulating totals of 1,347 yards, 16 TDs and five interceptions. He is the first freshman to start a season at quarterback for the Ducks since Danny O'Neil in 1991.

Of Oregon's 45 drives resulting in touchdowns this season, 28 have lasted less than two minutes and 18 have taken 60 seconds or less. Six of UO's last 10 TD drives have lasted 52 seconds or less.

Despite a No. 2 ranking in both of the human polls that are components of the BCS formula (USA Today, Harris), Oregon came in at No. 4 in the second BCS Standings released Sunday, Oct. 21, behind Alabama, Florida and Kansas State. The Ducks' average computer ranking was sixth. UO was ranked as high as No. 4 in the BCS last season and had a final rank of fifth

It took until the fourth game of the season, but the Ducks returned not one, but two interceptions for touchdowns in the win over Arizona. SO CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu went 49 yards for a score on his second pick of the game, and SO CB Troy Hill sprinted 29 yards for his end zone visit. SO S Avery Patterson added his first career TD return (34 yards) the following week against Washington State and scored again from 43 yards in UO's Week 6 game vs. Washington, giving the Ducks four on the year, which ties the school record from 1991. Oregon is tied with Toledo for third in the FBS in pick-sixes and leads the nation in interception return yards with 385.

Oregon has won 12 straight games on the road, which leads the country - Alabama is second with eight. The Ducks' last road loss occurred on Nov. 7, 2009, at Stanford (51-42) - the only conference road setback in Chip Kelly's 3+ year head coaching career.

While SR RB Kenjon Barner is 11th in the country in scoring (11.1 avg.) for the second-highest scoring team in the country (51.0 avg.), he is the only Oregon player dating back through at least the 1965 season to score a touchdown via the run (32), receiving (6), punt returns (1) and kickoff returns (1).

Oregon has scored 45 offensive touchdowns through its first six games this season - running backs Kenjon Barner (13) and De'Anthony Thomas (9) have combined for almost half of them (22).

Thirty-seven different defensive players have made tackles for Oregon after seven games this season, with 11 players posting 20 or more tackles. Leading the way are senior linebackers Kiko Alonso and Michael Clay, who are both averaging a minimum of 6.0 tackles per game

The Ducks are 12-5 against AP top 25 teams in the Chip Kelly era, including a 2-0 mark this year. At home, Kelly's troops are 9-1 vs. the top 25. Oregon is 2-1 in road games against ranked foes and 1-3 at neutral sites under Kelly. UO's only loss to a non-ranked team during Kelly's tenure came at Stanford on Nov. 7, 2009. The Cardinal became ranked the following week as a result.

Oregon is 5-3 against the AP top 10 under Chip Kelly, including a 2-1 mark in 2011 with wins at No. 3 Stanford and vs. No. 9 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Two of the defeats have come in BCS bowl games - vs. No. 8 Ohio State in the 2010 Rose Bowl and No. 1 Auburn in the 2011 BCS Championship - and the other vs. No. 4 LSU in the 2011 Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas.

Head coach Chip Kelly made his sideline debut at Autzen Stadium Sept. 12, 2009 (W 38-36 vs. Purdue) after spending the prior two seasons calling plays from a booth high above the field as the team's offensive coordinator. Since Kelly's arrival in 2007, the Ducks are 35-4 at Autzen, averaging 46.8 points per home game.

Oregon's Sept. 22 shutout of Arizona (49-0) was the third clean sheet during Chip Kelly's three-plus seasons at the helm. The game marked UO's first conference shutout since a 35-0 win over Stanford on Oct. 25, 2003, although the UO defense held Colorado scoreless in last season's 45-2 victory at Colorado, which scored by recording a safety on an Oregon punt return.

With a standing room only crowd of 58,792 at Autzen Stadium on Oct. 6 vs. Washington, the Ducks ran the nation's fourth-longest sellout streak to 87 consecutive games (cap. 54,000), dating to 1999.

Since 2000, Oregon is 34-6 in regular season, out-of-conference contests, earning notable victories against the likes of Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Michigan (x2). During that stretch, the Ducks are 3-1 against the SEC, 5-2 vs. the Big Ten, 1-1 vs. the Big 12, 4-0 against the Mountain West, 12-2 vs. the WAC, 2-0 against Conference USA and 6-0 vs. FCS sides.

Oregon's all-time leading rusher LaMichael James may be gone, but the Ducks' current roster features four players who have etched their names on a prestigious rushing list. FR QB Marcus Mariota, RB De'Anthony Thomas, JR WR Josh Huff and SR RB Kenjon Barner own four of the longest runs in school history. Thomas' 91-yard touchdown run in the 2012 Rose Bowl Game is the second-longest at Oregon, Mariota ranks fifth with his 86-yard score at ASU this season, Huff is tied for sixth with an 85-yard TD vs. Arizona in 2010 and Barner is tenth with his 84-yard score at Colorado last season.

In 2011, Oregon accumulated 69 "explosion plays" of 25 yards or more from scrimmage. Of that number, the Ducks returned eight players in 2012 who accounted for 35 of those "big plays," including 11 by SO RB De'Anthony Thomas and eight by SR RB Kenjon Barner. A staple of Oregon's "blur" offensive attack, Oregon has 21 such plays this season, 10 of which have gone for touchdowns.

86 - Mariota rush at ASU*
80 - Barner rush at WSU*
71 - Barner rush at ASU*
59 - Thomas rush vs. TT*
55 - Addison rec. vs. ARIZ* (Mariota)
51 - Thomas rush vs. FS*
49 - Thomas rec. vs. TT (Mariota)
48 - Lyerla rec. vs. UW (Mariota)
39 - Thomas rush vs. FS*
35 - Lyerla rec. vs. ARIZ (Mariota)
34 - Huff rec. vs. UW* (Mariota)
33 - Forde rush vs. TT
33 - Barner rush vs. FS
33 - Thomas rush vs. ARKST*
32 - Marshall rush vs. UW
30 - Barner rec. at WSU* (Mariota)
29 - Murphy rec. at WSU
28 - Mariota rush vs. FS
27 - Marshall rush vs. TT
26 - Brown rec. vs. TT (Mariota)
25 - Marshall rush at ASU
* indicates touchdown

An often overlooked facet of Oregon's success has been the continuity of its coaching staff. Fourth-year head coach Chip Kelly, now in his sixth season on staff, is a relative newcomer in Eugene compared to his core group of assistants, who have remained intact over the course of three different head coaches. Running backs coach Gary Campbell is in his 30th year on the Oregon staff, which is the longest tenure of any Oregon assistant football coach in school history. In addition, offensive line coach and running game coordinator Steve Greatwood enters his 26th season at UO, linebackers coach Don Pellum is in his 20th campaign, while defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti has spent 20 full seasons at Oregon over three separate stints. Oregon is the only school in the FBS that has seen zero turnover on staff over the past three seasons.

With the Oregon offense piling up 63 points in Week 3 vs. Tennessee Tech, the Ducks' defense took the opportunity by going deep on the depth chart to get reserves ample snaps. The result was 34 different players registering at least one tackle, including JR Ben Butterfield, a one-time WR, getting his first licks in at safety.

When FR RB Byron Marshall ran for 125 yards in Oregon's Sept. 15 win vs. Tennessee Tech, he became the third UO true freshman in as many seasons to hit the 100-yard mark in a single game, joining Josh Huff (103 vs. Arizona in 2010) and De'Anthony Thomas (155 vs. Wisconsin in 2011).

The Ducks are taking the field this year wearing the fully integrated Nike uniform system that debuted at the 2012 Rose Bowl. The new uniform incorporates pinnacle performance innovation and design while providing enhanced thermoregulation and more durability with the inclusion of Nike Chain Maille Mesh - a lightweight ultra-breathable material - used in both the jersey and pant.

1-Yellow-Apple Green-Yellow
2-Carbon Fiber-Yellow-Steel
6-Yellow-Apple Green-Black
7-Carbon Fiber-White/Silver-Steel

A running tally of weekly accolades for Oregon Football:

Week 8 - at Arizona State
Kenjon Barner, Sr., RB
Honorable Mention CFPA RB of the Week
Avery Patterson, So., S
Honorable Mention CFPA DB of the Week

Week 6 - vs. Washington
Kiko Alonso, Sr., LB
CFPA Linebacker of the Week
Colt Lyerla, So., TE
Honorable Mention CFPA TE of the Week
Marcus Mariota, Fr., QB
Hon. Mention Davey O'Brien QB of the Week
Honorable Mention CFPA QB of the Week
Avery Patterson, So., S
Honorable Mention CFPA DB of the Week

Week 5 - at Washington State
Kenjon Barner, Sr., RB
CFPA Running Back of the Week

Week 4 - vs. Arizona
Michael Clay, Sr., LB
Pac-12 Player of the Week (Defense)
Honorable Mention CFPA LB of the Week
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, So., CB
Jim Thorpe Award DB of the Week
CFPA Defensive Back of the Week
Kiko Alonso, Sr., LB
Honorable Mention CFPA LB of the Week

Week 3 - vs. Tennessee Tech
Marcus Mariota, Fr., QB
Hon. Mention Davey O'Brien QB of the Week
De'Anthony Thomas, So., RB
Honorable Mention CFPA AP of the Week
Honorable Mention CFPA PR of the Week

Week 2 - vs. Fresno State
Kenjon Barner, Sr., RB
Honorable Mention CFPA RB of the Week
De'Anthony Thomas, So., RB
Honorable Mention CFPA AP of the Week

Week 1 - vs. Arkansas State
Marcus Mariota, Fr., QB
Honorable Mention CFPA QB of the Week
De'Anthony Thomas, So., RB
Honorable Mention CFPA AP of the Week

Kenjon Barner, Sr., RB
•Maxwell Award (player of the year)
•Doak Walker Award (running back)
•Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player)

John Boyett, Sr., S
•Bednarik Award (defense)
•Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defense)
•Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back)

Michael Clay, Sr., LB
•Rotary Lombardi Award (lineman/linebacker)

Hroniss Grasu, So., C
•Rimington Trophy (center)

Dion Jordan, Sr., DE
•Butkus Award Semifinalist (linebacker)
•Bednarik Award (defense)
•Rotary Lombardi Award (lineman/linebacker)
•Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defense)
•Ted Hendricks Award (defensive end)

Marcus Mariota, Fr., QB
•Davey O'Brien Award Semifinalist (QB)
•Maxwell Award (player of the year)

Jackson Rice, Sr., P
•Ray Guy Award (punter)

De'Anthony Thomas, So., RB
•Walter Camp Award (player of the year)
•Maxwell Award (player of the year)
•Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player)
•Jet Award (return specialist)

Carson York, Sr., OG
•Rotary Lombardi Award (lineman/linebacker)
•Outland Trophy (interior lineman)


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